I am so very glad that you asked! Preparing for senior photos doesn't need to be overwhelming. And, yes, that's me in the photo above. Don't worry, I won't be offering any suggestions based off of those photos! And no, that is not my natural hair color! Anyways, here is some information that you might find helpful.
The first thing I am inclined to say when it comes to what to wear for senior photos is "something comfortable and something you feel like yourself in." Okay, I know this is a bit vague but I think that is a great place to start. For example, if you don't normally wear dresses, even when you get dressed up for something special, perhaps you may want to consider not wearing one but opt for a pair of dressier pants and a button up blouse. If you are uncomfortable and don't feel like yourself, that may very well come across in photos. And the opposite of this statement could also be true - if you are worried that wearing jeans and a t-shirt feels too casual and that you may not want to give your Grandma a photo of you dressed so casually, consider kicking up your outfit choice a notch!
Fear not! Here is some more formal advice:
- If you like to keep things simple, try wearing more neutral colors. Some examples are gray, beige, black, white, and cream.
- If you would like to have a pop of color in your photos but without it looking too bold, try light blues, greens, lavender, and even light pink.
- If you would like to go for a more bold look, try something that is red or yellow in color. Patterns are also an option for a more bold look, however, if an outfit is too bold, it may be very distracting in the photos. However, sometimes this is the look that people are going for!
- If you want to have a combination of standing, walking and seated shots, make sure you wear something that is easy to move around in and doesn't feel uncomfortable/show too much while you are seated. This is a good thing to keep in mind if you are wearing clothes that are relatively form fitting or baggier clothing - make sure to test it out in front of the mirror both standing and seated to make sure that your undergarments are not showing. I know this sounds kind of silly, but it's best to know how clothing sort of "falls" BEFORE your photo session. Spending a photo session having to constantly pull clothing up, pull clothing down, etc. can be frustrating. Sometimes clothing looks awesome while you are standing, but once you sit down it starts to feel uncomfortable or doesn't look quite right. Try it out in advance!
- Wear shoes that you feel comfortable in and that you don't mind being in photographs! There's nothing worse than wearing your old, worn out sandals, and then you realize they may end up being in photos, yikes!
- My final piece of advice is to have at least two outfits in consideration for your senior photos - one for warmer weather, one for colder weather in case the forecast changes a lot from when you book your session until your photo shoot day!
- Below are some examples of what has been discussed above for inspiration!:
The above photos were taken from this awesome website: https://wonder-wardrobe.com/blog/5-color-outfit-matching-methods If you have any questions or concerns about your senior photos, please make sure to reach out! I am more than happy to help! I worked at the high school level as a School Counselor for almost 10 years so I have seen a lot of FANTASTIC yearbook photos and a lot of FLOPS!